This Weekend in Portland: 1.8 – 1.10

With the overwhelming bounty of amazing things happening in Portland on any given weekend, sorting through it all to find the perfect activities to fill our invaluable free time can be taxing. To help make your planning a little easier, we’ve put together a list of the things we think are most worthy of your time.


School of Rock plays Tame Impala at Doug Fir Lounge

The School of Rock is such an awesome institution for young aspiring musicians. And I’m not talking about the 2003 box office hit, though it certainly was an alright piece of cinema, but the actual chain of music schools that emerged following the film’s inspiration. This weekend, the future members of Portland’s best bands will perform music by current psych rock/pop overlords Tame Impala. Hopefully the SOR isn’t also teaching all the kids how to reproduce Kevin Parker’s vintage tone and bedroom production wizardry as well or the rest of us older hacks are done for.

1pm, All Ages, $12 ADV $15 DOS, (link)


Baron Vaughn, Amy Miller, Curtis Cook, and Nariko Ott at Doug Fir (comedy)

With a swell in the local comedy scene over the past decade, Portland has been a launching pad for the careers of some seriously funny motherfuckers. This Saturday night the Doug Fir plays host to a handful of comedians with local ties, including Willamette Week’s 2013 “funniest person” award winner Amy Miller, opening up for headliner Baron Vaughn. Vaughn has recently released his first comedy recording, Raised by Cable, and has appeared on Conan twice, the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and performed at countless comedy festivals nationally.

9pm, 21+, $13 ADV $15 DOS, (link)


Girl Fest 2016 at Lola’s Room

This Sunday, Girl Fest NW is back with their second mini-festival concert series highlighting some of the most talented, up and coming female musician in the Portland area. This year’s lineup sees the return of Blossom, following the December release of her EP Sass that reaffirmed her potency in the hip hop / r&b world. Sharing the stage with Blossom is fellow Eyrst labelmate The Last Artful, Dodgr and couple/shoegaze duo-de-force Hart & Hare.

8pm, All Ages, $8, (link)

Ali Muhareb’s Mujahedeen, Blowout, and Sabonis at Rontoms

Portland’s based chiller Ali Muhareb has shown astonishing growth as a musician since departing from Talkative in pursuit of his own project with a 2013 debut, Mujahedeen. Since then, Muhareb has sharpened his teeth with several west coast tours, countless local shows and teased the world with the excellent music video for the title track and lead single off of his follow up album, Existentially Wasted, which is being released on cassette at this weekend’s Rontoms Sunday Session. Local up and comers Sabonis and Blowout play support.

8:30pm, 21+, Free, (link)

Saturday and Sunday

Curious Gallery 2016 Photo: Emma Brownat
Crowne Plaza

We sent a writer and photographer team to cover last year’s Curious Gallery and the resulting story and photo gallery fueled a wave of envious hostility throughout the N&C crew. Just kidding about that, but it was seriously something to behold. Equal parts gallery, convention and arts workshop, the annual Curious Gallery is modeled after the Wunderkammer, a 16th century collection of oddities and remnants of the natural (or sometimes fake) world. If you’re into bizarre taxidermy, carnivorous plants, or simply curious about what absurdity this year’s event might bring, we highly recommend attending this event.

10am-6pm, All Ages, $25/day or $45/weekend for Adults, Free for Children under 6 or $13 for Ages 7-13, (link)